Posted by: alexswallow | August 1, 2013

Looking Down on Young Leaders

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The hope for dying organizations isn’t found in old leaders who don’t have the guts to say they created the problem.

Organizations reflect the age and attitude of their leaders. The older some grow, the more they lean toward no, and “no” isn’t going anywhere.

Transform organization by integrating young leaders.

Dedicated young leaders:

  1. Feel impatient.
  2. Address issues elders sweep under the carpet.
  3. Complain when stuck in bureaucracy.
  4. Consistently ask, “Why?”
  5. Care deeply.
  6. Yearn to make a mark.
  7. Embrace diversity.

Problems with young leaders:

  1. Immaturity reflected in short attention spans and lack of follow through.
  2. Arrogance during success and defeat during failure.
  3. All or nothing thinking.
  4. Overconfidence and/or insecurity.


Young leaders struggle because old leaders look down on them. “They haven’t paid their dues.”

Organizations that force young leaders to
conform end up with more of the same.

10 Tips for young leaders:

  1. Expect to prove yourself. You aren’t being picked on.

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